Allan McNish, Tom Kristensen and Loïc Duval's Audi claimed the 12th win in 14 years for Audi
Safety car leads an Audi and two Toyota LMP1 cars. It spent most of the first hour leading the pack
The #1 car of André Lotterer, Marcel Fässler and Benoît Tréluyer eventually finished fifth overall
A failure on the bellhousing of the no.32 Lotus forced the team to retire
Rebellion Racing's challenge for the LMP1 win was blunted after an incident under the safety car, and gearbox problems
Audi showed good pace from the off, immediately breaking away from the pack
Proton Competition's Porsche 911 GT3-RSR suffered damage after a puncture
With his latest win Tom Kristensen extended the record he already held with a ninth victory
At the chequered flag the lead Audi had lapped the chasing Toyota
Aston Martin Racing suffered a tragedy at the race with the loss of Danish driver Allan Simonsen following an incident
Night time at Le Mans was typically evocative
This no.61 Ferrari 458 was one of four in the GTE Am class
Dawn breaks over Le Mans, and the race enters its final stages
Heavy rain during Sunday morning saw tough conditions as drivers fought to stay in control
Photographers and passers by get a morning shower courtesy of this Porsche AG Team Manthey 911 RSR
The rain may have made conditions treacherous, but it set up the race for a spectacular finale
The no.42 Zytek Nissan finished 10th overall for Greaves Motorsport
Corvette Racing finished fourth in class and 23rd overall
Proton Competition's 911 GT3 RSR finished down the field, clocking up 299 laps
By contrast, Audi's R18 e-tron quattro ran for 348 laps
Saturday evening provided a picturesque backdrop to the race
The no.8 Toyota racing hybrid came in a valiant second, covering 347 laps
The no.13 Rebellion Racing Lola finished 41st after sustaining damage
This was the 90th anniversary of the running of Le Mans, with the first race being held in 1923
The closing stages of the race featured close and fierce racing in all classes thanks to the safety car periods
The SRT Viper GTS of SRT Motorsports finished eight in class with 306 laps
Pit crews slept when they could, but were kept busy for the full 24 hours
Audi had 30 pit stops for its no.3 R18 e-tron quattro
The no.7 Toyota of Wurz, Lapierre and Nakajima suffered front-end damage in the closing stages of the race
Raymond Narac, Christophe Bourret and Jean-Karl Vernay celebrate their GTE Am class win
Audi claimed victory in last weekend’s Le Mans 24 Hours in a race marred by tragedy. The #2 car of Allan McNish, Tom Kristensen and Loïc Duval took the chequered flag after claiming pole position as part of a Audi front row lock-out. However, the winning car didn't have it all its own way.
The race began in slippery conditions following a shower before the start, and the #1 Audi of Andre Lotterer, Benoit Treluyer and Marcel Fassler took the lead. The OAK Racing Morgan-Nissan of Olivier Pla, Alex Brundle and David Heinemeier Hansson led the LMP2 class after starting from pole while Stefan Mucke, Darren Turner and Peter Dumbreck led the GTE Pro class in the Aston Martin Vantage.
However, just three laps into the race Danish GTE Am Aston Martin driver Allan Simonsen hit the crash barriers at Tertre Rouge. He was taken to the medical centre, but died from his injuries. The accident was the first fatality at Le Mans since 1997.
Following a lengthy period under the safety car, Audi opened up a decisive advantage over Toyota. Seven hours in, the lead #1 Audi lost 12 laps as a crank sensor was repaired. The lead went to to the #2 Audi. Bertrand Baguette, Martin Plowman and Ricardo Gonzalez took the lead in LMP2 Morgan-Nissan while Patrick Dempsey, Joe Foster and Patrick Long led the GTE Am class in the Dempsey Del Piero-Proton Porsche 911.
By the 16th hour of the race, the #2 Audi was in command with a lap in hand over its nearest challenger, the #8 Toyota, and the Morgan-Nissans were running first and second in LMP2. Nineteen hours in, Frederic Makowiecki crashed his GTE Pro Aston Martin at the first Mulsanne chicane, handing the lead to the #92 works 911.
In total there were 12 periods under the safety car, totalling five and a half hours - more than any other time in the race’s history.
After 348 laps, the #2 Audi of McNish, Duval and Kristensen took victory by a lap from Anthony Davidson, Sebastien Buemi and Stephane Sarrazin’s Toyota, with the #3 Audi of Marc Gene, Lucas Di Grassi and Oliver Jarvis coming home in third. The LMP2 class was won by Baguette, Plowman and Gonzalez for OAK Racing, while the GTE Pro class ended with the Porsche of Dumas, Lieb and Lietz edging out Aston Martin. Porsche completed a GTE double with a win in the GTE Am class with Raymond Narac, Christophe Bourret and Jean-Karl Vernay.